President Trump and First Lady Melania visited Pittsburgh on Tuesday, where 11 people were killed while worshiping at the Tree Of Life synagogue over the weekend. The Trumps visited the synagogue before checking in on four police officers and others who have been hospitalized since the shooting.

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Rabbi Jeffrey Myers accompanied the Trumps, but many political and civic leaders in this deep blue city stayed away, and instead criticized Trump for showing respect for the victims. In the shadow of the evil that rained down on this Jewish community on Saturday, some folks would prefer to wallow in hatred and partisan divisiveness than to unify in healing. I feel bad for their tormented souls.

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Rabbi Myers was sharply criticized by some for meeting with Trump, but he told reporters he appreciated the first couple's visit. "The President of the United States is always welcome," he said. "I’m a citizen. He’s my president. He is certainly welcome.”

A key responsibility of the president is to serve as comforter in chief. The president visits when disaster strikes. He comforts the nation in times of crisis. It's his job.

I'm sure many Pennsylvanians were more than pleased to see the first couple in their state on Tuesday. For those who were not, get over it.

Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.